Goliard begins in 2010 as a Black Metal project with a structured work in guitars making a difference with the traditional Black Metal bands from our city - Medellin (COL) -, which have a classical sound inspired in the Raw Black Metal. We decided to build a sound with harmonies, riffs loaded of dark melodies and fast drums.
2. How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?
Goliard condenses the work of the sharp guitars, full of dense and dynamic, melancholic and melodic passages, where each riff evokes a song of rebellion united by a creative and independent bass; all of the above marching under the ferule of a prodigious, devastating percussion and submerged in the atmosphere of a heartbreaking voice.
3. Some of your lyrics cover science, philosophy and literature, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Our affinity by these topics is based in personal predilections by who compose the lyrics. There many topics that have seen touched by the literature and the philosophy and many of these subjects are in the same wave with the critical sight of the Black Metal. Maybe we tell the same things but in other way.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goliard'?
The goliards were medieval monks with a licentious life and using the clerical figure to do satiric text against the clergy and the political establishment of the epoch.
The name of the band tries to encompass an intention: the individual's reflection of the intellectual heritage of humanity based on the lofty, a-dogmatic and rebellious existence, allegorizing such reflection and rebellion in the archetype of the goliard, through music. Goliard is deeply a project with a profoundly artistic, not ideological or dogmatic intention.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Goliard's live shows are characterized by a musical performance that is in accordance with what we have composed and recorded, loaded with all the power and energy, trying to give a presentation that focuses more on the musical than on any other aspect.
Goliard's gigs have been usually in small spaces; we highlight the memorable release concert of our album.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Touring is difficult for us right now, only local gigs are possible. Actually we are composing new material and beginning pre-production of a new album.
7. The new album was released on 'The Ritual Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The Ritual Productions is a label with 28 years old supporting underground scene. The owner label is in charge of the distribution to other labels, zines and specialized shops of the genre. Thanks to this work, our album are in places that we didn’t thought to get in, mainly in European scene.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As we have said above, thanks to the label work our art have get in in places we have not thought we would arrive. We have received interviews and reviews of Zines from Netherlands, Germany, Italia, Poland, France and Latin America. In general, we have a good feedback of our full-length, with comparisons with the European sound and specifically with Scandinavian’s bands.
9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes. The drummer plays with other bands from our city. Can be mentioned Blestema (ex-member), GOC, Carnifice, Narkotik Devotion, some of them preparing to release recording material. Our lead guitar works in the moment in a Death Metal project.
10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We see ourselves creating the metal that characterizes us as a band, recording and improving production to reach more the underground scene around the world. Sharing our sound to those who follow us with appreciate.
11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We have a marked influence in the late 90’s Black Metal. Bands like Dissection, Old Man’s Child, Dimmu Borgir (old!!), Windir, Emperor, et al., have made dent in our musical work.
Also we take some elements from classical and Raw Black Metal; a little of Heavy and old Power Metal.
12. What are some of your non musical interests?
The non-musical activities and interests of the members are varied, which further nurtures the band of camaraderie and allows for new discussion topics and perspectives beyond music. Among us are an electrical engineer, a physicist, a veterinarian and a markets analyst.
13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks in advance to OccultBlackMetalZine for giving us the space and taking the time to read our perspectives. To those who read these lines, we hope to be able to break into their heads with the heartbreaking notes of our art, and if we did, we appreciate your support. We look forward to bringing you new material in the near future.
More info about Goliard at goliard-iconoclast.com.
Web site: www.goliard-iconoclast.com